Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America


Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America
 is a national initiative designed to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the richness and diversity of Latin American cultures through the work of its contemporary and traditional performing artists. The program provides fee support to nonprofit presenters based in the United States and its territories that book artists on a curated roster that changes annually.  All funded engagements are required to include public performances and complementary activities that provide audiences with direct interaction with the visiting artists.  An emphasis is placed on funding engagements in communities that have little access to this type of work. Booking has begun for the 2018-2019  roster. Learn how to receive a grant.

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Southern Exposure is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Questions about the Southern Exposure program should be directed to Robyn Busch, Program Officer, International, at or 410.539.6656 x113.


2018-2019 Southern Exposure Curators

*The list of artists submitted for consideration for inclusion on the 2018-2019 tour roster were suggested by the following performing arts professionals. Presenters nationwide, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts staff help select the final roster. For more information on the curatorial process, please see the program guidelines.


Celso CuriCelso Curi (Brazil): Producer, curator, critic, cultural administrator and journalist, Curi is the Editor of OFF Guía de Teatro and Executive Director of OFF Cultural Productions, home to OFF space, a cultural performance venue he founded in 1979.



chiasquareChía Patiño (Ecuador): Musician, director, and composer, Patiño is the Artistic and Executive Director of Fundación Teatro Nacional Sucre, where she oversees multiple performing arts venues, including the historic 125-year-old Teatro Sucre.



Shoshana PolancoShoshana Polanco (Mexico): International producer and curator, Polanco is the International Producer of La Teatrería, a new, two theatre venue in Mexico City. She is a frequent producer throughout the Americas and is active member of the International Society for the Performing Arts.

Southern Exposure Upcoming Events

  • Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo, Venezuela Latino Arts Milwaukee, WI
    March 21, 2018 - March 23, 2018
  • DanzAbierta, Cuba Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA
    March 22, 2018 - March 23, 2018
  • Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo, Venezuela Koubek Center Miami, FL
    April 20, 2018 - April 21, 2018
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